Alone on Thanksgiving? Here are top five activities around Chicago to explore!

Posted by reside360 Team on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 at 12:35pm.

Chicago is a city full of transplants and transients. It’s a place that attracts individuals who want to better their career, live in a huge and gorgeous city, or pursue a degree at some of the best institutions this country has to offer. All of these efforts are exciting, but when it comes to holidays many of these go-getters are away from their families. Friends work together to create Friendsgiving dinners so no one has to feel lonely, but what else is there to do?

The reside360 team compiled a list of the top five things to do around Chicago on Thanksgiving. It may be different than what you’re used to, but it’s never too late to start a new tradition.

1) 40 Annual Turkey Trot Chicago 5K & 8K
Lincoln Park, Chicago
9:00 AM

Kick the morning off in beautiful Lincoln Park for Chicago’s longest running Thanksgiving tradition. Run along the shores of Lake Michigan and celebrate afterwards with food and hot beverages. Participants receive limited edition long-sleeve shirts to commemorate the run. Admission fee is $45, but many race discounts are available.

1) Christkindlmarket
Daley Plaza, Chicago

Finished with the race? Unwind with some Strudel and handcrafted gifts at the Chicago Christkindlmarket. Your evening will be packed with over 20 food and beverage vendors to explore and over 30 gift vendors to shop. Get started on your holiday shopping while sipping on a stein of wine and listening to some German carols. Admission is free!

3) The Magnificent Mile Lights
Chicago, IL 60611

Witness Magnificent Mile in all its holiday glory! It’s the perfect time to shop while others are stuffed to the gills with turkey and pie. Beat Black Friday shoppers to the punch by getting a head start on all the holiday deals.

4) Catch a Movie

Need a break from shopping? Catch a movie at one of the AMC theaters downtown. Grab a beer and some popcorn, snuggle up in your seat, and watch some of your favorite superheroes in action with the new Justice League film. If you prefer a classic, head on over to the Logan Theater for a 10:30PM showing of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles where Steve Martin and John Candy star in the iconic Thanksgiving film.

5) Dare we say it? Head to a Bar
The Owl in Logan Square or Timothy O’Toole’s Pub in Streeterville

Still in Logan Square after catching the film? Head on over to The Owl for a post-Thanksgiving party to end the night! Drink specials vary from $4 to $10 at this retro dive. Or if you’re still downtown, grab a pint and watch some Thanksgiving football at Timothy O’Toole’s Pub open from 11AM-2AM.


How lucky are we to live in a city full of so many things to be thankful for? From the breathtaking views of Lake Michigan, to Chicago's culture and zeal, to the friendships formed with our city as its backdrop, the reside360 team is truly grateful. Happy Thanksgiving to all!


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